Magazine
The Authority of Old Testament Law
August 1998

The Power of Heresy

By R. J. Rushdoony

The power of heresy and false belief seems at times to outweigh that of the greatest men of God. Compare the power in the twentieth century of Karl Barth as against Cornelius Van Til. Fallen men, and too many are in the church, find it easier to affirm the church than Jesus Christ, God the Son.

The Authority of the Old Testament

By P. Andrew Sandlin

​It was Melito, Bishop of Sardis, who some time before A. D. 180 first designated the Hebrew canon the "Old Testament," just as the heretical Alexandrian father Origen first labeled the Greek canon the "New Testament." Each of these designations reflected a particular theological motivation not expressed or even implied in the Scriptures themselves.

The Unity of God's Covenantal Plan: A Dissertation Review

By P. Andrew Sandlin

Rarely has Chalcedon published reviews of academic dissertations or theses, not even in the Journal of Christian Reconstruction, our occasional scholarly organ.

The Role of the Old Testament in the Church

By Brian M. Abshire

There is a relationship, I think, between our attitudes towards age and our appreciation of the Old Testament. In our youth-oriented culture, age is often associated with obsolescence.

By Ellsworth McIntyre

There are signs all over southwest Florida which read "Please don't feed the pelicans!" One reason is that pelicans are magnificent catchers of fish. If fishermen toss them fish, however, the pelicans stop fishing and wait for their meals to be provided in this easier way.

By William O. Einwechter

The question of the authority of the Old Testament in the state is tied inexorably to the issue of the authority of the Old Testament in general.

By Martin A. Foulner

This year the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland accepted an eight-page Report which declared that the "teaching known as Theonomy or Christian Reconstructionism" was "contrary to the Confession of Faith" and "inconsistent with Biblical Doctrine."

By Steve M. Schlissel

Egalitarian Humanism seems like a mighty foe, but it’s just a castle of sand poised to be knocked down by the tidal wave of God’s grace, law and power.

By Jeffrey A. Ziegler

Editor's Introduction: Most of the mainline Reformed and Presbyterian denominations are in the hands of liberals and apostates, and even the majority of the smaller, more conservative groups are hostile to, or at best diffident about, a vigorous Reformed Faith and Christian Reconstruction; in essence, they are generically evangelical.

By R. J. Rushdoony

The religion pages in the newspapers are usually sad reading. On Saturday, January 3, 1998 The Stockton [California] Record (p. D6) had three pastors write briefly on "Religion and The Family."

By R. J. Rushdoony

Peter Hammond's excellent reports on Africa have given you glimpses of the Islamic persecution and enslavement of Christians in southern Sudan, the black and Christian area, by the northern Sudanese, Arab and Islamic. Southern Sudan became Christian by the 6th century A. D., as the Nubian Kingdom.

By Steve M. Schlissel

You've heard it said, "The Jews have the Old Testament and Gentiles have the New Testament." No. The meaning of the Old is today inaccessible apart from the New and the New is utterly incomprehensible without the Old.